Electricity is a primary form of energy. It can shock, burn, damage nerves and internal organs and can cause serious injury or death. The effect of electricity on the body depends on the magnitude and duration of exposure to the current, the path of the current through the body and the impedance (resistance) of the body.
When electricity flows through a conductive material such as electrical wire, heat is produced. With proper design and compliance with codes and wiring systems, devices will have resistance low enough that current-carrying parts and connections should not overheat. However, if there is a poor circuit connection, an overload of current or a fault in the circuit, electricity can escape from the circuit and cause cable heating, distortion and fires.
For these reasons, all electrical equipment and installations used within the Department's workplaces must meet the highest standards of safety. The regular scheduled testing of all electrical equipment and installations and the tagging out of any equipment found to be deficient will ensure ongoing safety.
Relevant sections of the OHSMS
Legislation, guidance and Codes of Practice
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
Electrical Safety Act 1998
AS/NZS 3760:2003 In service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.
AZ/NZS 3000: 2007 Wiring Rules (Incorporating Amendment no. 1)
OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Energy Safe Victoria